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A special place in my heart is reserved for The Power of Positive Thinking by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale. My mother sent this book to me when I after I graduated college and was off on my own.

I had moved to a small town in a part of the US that was very different from the region where I grew up. I had a very hard time meeting people and finding my place in my new world.   Needless to say, this was a difficult experience for me–I didn’t know what to do to help my situation.

As always, though, Mom came through!

One day a package arrived in the mail and it was this book along with a beautiful letter from my mom.   Of course she knew of my struggles and, as she was reading the book herself, she realized it could be helpful to me. Her letter was filled with wisdom from her own life and the special encouragement that only a mother can give.

The book didn’t immediately solve all my problems, but it helped me take the next step in my life and gradually my situation improved. Most importantly, though, this book is a poignant reminder of my mother’s loving and wise guidance and encouragement.

How about you? What books have a special place in your heart?   Feel free to share. Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,



2 thoughts on “Books: The Power of Positive Thinking by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale”

  1. One of my favorites is Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s Gift from the Sea. Although it was written several decades ago, the messages taken from various types of shells found at the beach are timeless. I love the part where she spends several weeks in a cottage by the ocean getting into a rhythm of swimming in the morning, spending several hours writing in the afternoons, cooking simple food, walking on the beach and swimming again. She restores herself with this simple vacation-it sounds so lovely!


  2. You are so right, Julie. I, too, have returned to her book throughout the years and each time it restores my spirits. Ann Morrow Lindbergh had a gift for expressing profound truths in simple ways. Thank you, Julie, for your comment and for reminding me of this book!
    Your Friend and Pep Pal,


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